January 08, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.150

Care News

According to the Alzheimer�s Research Trust 163,000 new cases of dementia occur in England and Wales each year. As a result they have welcomed government plans to train all NHS GPs in England to spot the early symptoms of dementia. The Trust eagerly awaits the details of the practical aspects which will make the plans a reality.

Two million people who have a disability use the Blue Badge Scheme which allows specialised parking facilities for people with disabilities. The permit, currently costing �2.00, looks like it will rise in cost under the government's Blue Badge Strategy for England.

The government says that the current charges do not cover the administration costs involved with the current scheme and therefore, the rise, which will be left to individual councils, could be different depending on where an application for the Blue Badge is made. Shadow Disability Minister Mark Harper has said that the government itself had predicted the cost could rise to more than �20.

In-House News

Over the Christmas and New Year period Able Community Care provided cover for all its clients. Where emergencies occurred, replacement staff were found.

Since the last Newsflash prospective clients have been visited in Stockport.

Induction training has taken place in Norwich.

Interesting Information / Statistics

2.8m people aged 50+ provide unpaid care

TWAM is Tools with a Mission, a charity started 23 years ago to send tools to countries where many people do not have the means to make a living. Having tools give people the opportunity to improve their lives.

Nationwide there are volunteer collectors who will take a wide range of your obsolete tools such as sewing machines, carpentry tools, electric tools, spanners, tool belts, etc, the list is long and can be seen on the charity website: http://www.twam.co.uk

To contact the charity either go to their website or telephone 01473 210220

Question of the Week
"I would like to take my disabled, teenage son camping, how can I find out about disabled compatible sites?"

Answer : There are several disability web sites which can help but one you may like to try first is The Camping and Caravan Club site at: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

For several years the Club has had an on-going program of improvements to ensure that all their sites are designed for accessibility for people with a disability. The Club has a list of sites and there are clear symbols to show what is available at each site; e.g. facilities for wheelchair users, level access showers, equipment, etc.

You can also contact the club by phone on their switchboard at 0845 130 7631

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.